CT State Representative: Athletes Should be Able to Unionize

Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of collegiate sports law, as a state representative has entered the unionization conversation. Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon recently announced that she is looking into legislation that would allow athletes from public universities in Connecticut to unionize.  Rep. Dillon’s announcement came in response to UConn basketball player Shabazz Napier, who when […]

UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari

Congratulations to the UConn men and women’s basketball teams, which both advanced to their respective national championship games to be played on Monday and Tuesday night.  Here a couple of UConn stories from the Hartford Courant with sports business/sports law connections: Jeff Jacobs writes that UConn deserves a bigger stage than the American Athletic Conference. Dom Amore and Paul […]

UConn Fires Coach Pasqualoni, Will Pay Buyout

UConn dismissed head football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, following a 41-12 loss to Buffalo.  Although Pasqualoni’s eventual dismissal appeared inevitable in light of the Huskies’ 0-4 start, which includes a loss to Towson State and a missed opportunity to upset Michigan, the timing was a surprise in that a change was made mid-season.  Offensive Coordinator T.J. Weist […]

UConn Opposes Connecticut Student-Athlete Legislation

As I wrote last month, in a post entitled “Should UConn Set Aside Funds to Benefit Student-Athletes?“, the Connecticut General Assembly has introduced legislation, that, if it becomes law, would assist student-athletes whose scholarships have not been renewed due to injury or illness or whose eligibility has expired.  Proposed Bill 205, An Act Concerning Scholarships for […]

UConn Women’s Basketball Team Wins 8th Championship

The UConn women’s basketball team defeated Louisville 93-60 to win their record-tying eighth national championship.  Freshman Breanna Stewart led the Huskies with 23 points and 9 rebounds and was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has the story. Congratulations to the UConn women’s basketball team and Coach Geno Auriemma on their […]

Could the Big East Breakup Land in Court?

Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant authored an excellent article analyzing the money at stake with the breakup of the Big East. Doyle estimates that between $40 to $60 million dollars are at stake in conference exit fees: The conference is sitting on exit fees from departing members, including money that has yet to be collected. […]

Another Perspective on the ACC’s Snub of UConn

Yesterday, I asked Dan Canavan to weigh in on my post regarding the ACC’s snub of UConn.  My basic argument was that UConn, and in particular UConn football, is undervalued by the ACC.  Here’s what Dan had to say: I’m not persuaded by the arguments that UConn has recently experienced success in football.  As Jeff Jacobs […]

UConn Passed Over by ACC in Favor of Louisville

Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant reports that the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will invite Louisville, not UConn, to join the conference.  UConn, who has been passed over for ACC membership at least twice, has publicly lobbied for a spot in the ACC (through Governor Dannel Malloy, no less).  Doyle writes that UConn was viewed as the […]